Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

WGLBBO Banding Station

Fall 2016 Report

  2016 Fall Banding

Sixteen volunteers helped our three primary banders to operate the banding station for this year's Spring and Fall migration. Net locations were added in the "grassland area" and in the “oak savanna area". New species captured in these nets include Dickcissel and Sedge Wren. We will likely add more net locations in 2017.

Through our banding we have shown that FBMP, as was intended, is being used as stopover habitat by a variety of migrating warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and other species. Recapture data shows some of these birds remain for a week or more. Jana Viel began banding during the 2016 breeding season, and when we study that data, we’ll better understand which species, especially the migrant species, are also breeding at FBMP

Spring 2016 Banding

Our banding station, operated by master bander Al Sherkow, Vicki Piaskowski, Stephanie Beilke, and with help from Jana Viel, Robin Squier, Diane Weaver, Marsha Weaver, Corinne Palmer, Judy Kistler, Dave Sikorski, Lora Loke, Mary Mirasola, Marsha Weaver, Ryan Lancour, Dick Noccolai, Marty Pfeifer, Maria Terres, Danny Pirtile, Alicia Schultz, and Mickey O'Conner have completed spring 2016 season. More than 400 volunteer hours have been put into this growing effort. The fall 2016 banding season begins in late August. Contact us for more information.

Banding Station Spring 2015

Our spring banding season has gone extremely well. Stephanie Beilke has had help from master bander Al Sherkow, Debbie Hartmann, Vicki Piaskowski, Robin Squier, Natalie Miller, Jana Viel, Katie Weber, Mike Schlotfeldt, Joel Trick, Calvin Brennan, and Bryan Lenz. Our high count for a day saw us banding 70 individuals.

WGLBBO Banding Station

IMG 4484 smWGLBBO's banding station was in operation throughout autumn 2014, and is due to commence in late April 2015 for the spring season.  Stephanie Beilke (UW-Green Bay) is the chief bander. A total of 443 birds were banded at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, representing 50 species. The top six bird species banded in terms of total numbers of individuals were White-throated Sparrow (56), Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler (43), Dark-eyed “Slate-colored” Junco (34), American Redstart (29), Hermit Thrush (25), and Black-capped Chickadee (25).

The most unique capture was a Western Wood-Pewee, a vagrant from the western United States, banded on 10/9/2014. This observation was reported to the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology Records Committee, and documentation for this species was also added to our eBird checklist for October 9th. If this record is accepted, it will be only the third individual of this species ever recorded in Wisconsin.